Amanda has a tattoo on her left foot that says, "minge". It is an English slang term for vagina.
One of the songs on the Dear John soundtrack was written by her. The director asked her to bring her guitar on set and she ended up singing a song she had written. It ended up on the soundtrack.
The casting crew for Mamma Mia auditioned several girls for the role of Sophie. It's even been said that Rachel McAdams and Mandy Moore were considered. Ultimately, Amanda was chosen because they felt she was a humble, normal young actress who gave off the impression that she "didn't spend a lot of time looking at herself in the mirror."
Amanda was considered for the roles of both Regina and Cady in the film Mean Girls, but eventually settled on the role of Karen.
Amanda's favorite place in the world is Greece. She would love to visit there again sometime.
Amanda used to play her guitar on the set of her show Big Love.
Stellan Skarsgård, who played Amanda's dad in Mamma Mia, also played her lover in the film Boogie Woogie.
When Amanda was seventeen, both her and her boyfriend were fired from the soap opera All My Children.
Amanda's part in her movie, Nine Lives, was written specifically for her.
When Amanda was young, she decided she wanted to be a meteorologist after seeing the movie, Twister. Amanda plans on going to college someday and studying earth science and meteorology.
Amanda's favorite movie is Baz Lhurmann's Romeo and Juliet.
Amanda dreams of one day working with Michael Caine.
Amanda enjoys listening to Folk music.
Amanda's favourite designer is Miu Miu.
Amanda is ranked #2 in AIM's "100 Celebs Under 25".
Her special skills and interests include dancing, singing and tennis.
While living in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Amanda got to see musicals in Manhattan such as Cats and Les Miserables, which is her all-time favorite musical.
Amanda missed 70 school days during her senior year in high school due to her acting commitments.
As a child model, Amanda initially signed with Image International Agency in Allentown, Pennsylvania before working under Bethlehem's Pro Model Agency and eventually with Wilhelmina agency in New York.
Amanda trained in classical opera for two years and studied under a Broadway voice coach for almost five years.
In May 2008, Amanda dressed up as Alice of Alice in Wonderland for a seven-page spread for Vogue Italia. That same month, she was also featured in the promotional poster for her movie musical Mamma Mia!.
Amanda was among the performers for the movie soundtracks of Mamma Mia! and Mean Girls.
Amanda is 5' 3½" (1.61 m) tall. She has blue eyes and blonde hair.
Amanda graduated from William Allen High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 2003.
Amanda appeared in the film In Search Of by Independent Dream in 2006.
Amanda originally read for the role of malicious queen bee Regina George in the 2004 film Mean Girls, and while director Mark Waters said that she did a great job in the audition, he didn't feel that for this particular character, she would be the best candidate to go opposite of Lindsay Lohan. However, the casting crew liked Amanda so much that they chose her to play ditzy Karen Smith.
Amanda originally auditioned for the title role on Veronica Mars but lost the place to Kristen Bell. Instead of playing Veronica she was offered the role of Lilly, Veronica's dead bestfriend. She was so popular in this role she was brought back more often than ever expected.
Amanda was going to attend Fordham University in New York, but decided to postpone it to film Mean Girls.
Amanda appeared on the cover of three Francine Pascal books, namely My Mother Was Never a Kid, Love & Betrayal & Hold the Mayo, and My First Love & Other Disasters.
Amanda appeared as an extra on CBS's Guiding Light.
Amanda:(On kissing women) I had to kiss Megan Fox in Jennifer's Body, and it was not very comfortable at all. I did it because that was what the story was about, but it's awkward being with a women in that way, trying to make it look natural. I had to do it again with Julianne Moore in Chloe and somehow it was easier with her, but it still felt really strange.
Amanda: Hollywood is just like high school. The popular people only like the other popular people. And the thing is, some people aren't nice - or they're nice, but only to your face, not elsewhere.
Amanda: (On the difference between acting and singing in a movie) Singing is a way of releasing an emotion that you sometimes can't portray when you're acting. And music moves your soul, so music is the source of the most intense emotions you can feel. When you hear a song and you're acting it's incredible. But when you're singing a song and you're acting it's even more incredible.
Amanda: (On whether she would ever consider posing for Maxim Magazine) I hear that they offer you $150,000 to do it and if you're game, you take it. That is not something I will do because it takes your reputation, not to a bad place, but to a different place. But also I don't love my body. I have belly fat like everybody else, and I don't want to be airbrushed on the cover of a magazine. I don't want someone to swap out my stomach with a super model's. I don't want dirty old men looking at me in my underwear. (in 2010, Amanda did pose in the men's magazine Esquire)
Amanda: (On theatre) I did theatre when I was nine, I think. Nine and ten, and that was just the beginning of my whole involvement in acting, my whole interest. I don't really remember it that well. But it was really fun. I mean, it was exciting just to be on stage in front of an audience. It gives you a different kind of rush.
Amanda: (On the ABBA music in her movie, Mamma Mia) My mother wasn't very much of a hippie, so she didn't partake in the whole ABBA phenomenon. As a result, I knew nothing about their music. But I'll tell you, I own every single song now! And I definitely listen to them; it makes me happy. And it's actually pretty complex music, their chords and their rhythms and everything. Actually, I don't really want people to know that I'm listening to ABBA; it's kind of embarrassing because I'm in the movie.
Amanda: (On what it was like working with Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia) She's one of the most beautiful human beings someone could meet, in all aspects. If I'm intimidated by her, it's my problem, she doesn't really put that energy out there. Someone like me, you just have to forget all she's accomplished and put yourself on the same level. She treated me like a peer, which was pretty awesome. I was only 21 when I was working with her.
Amanda: (On singing) Singing was my first love and I never even considered it after I started acting, but now (After filming the musical, Mamma Mia) I'm bringing it back into my life. I trained from the ages of 11 to 17. When I moved to New York and got into serious acting, I just kind of abandoned the whole singing thing. But when I grew up in Pennsylvania I went to voice lessons once a week.
Amanda: (on plans for the future) If I came out with a club hit, if I were singing duets with Jesse McCartney, I think people would get the wrong idea. I'm not interested in fashion design. I'm an actress, and that's all I want to focus on. For me, that's just more fulfilling.
Amanda: (about the 2008 film "Mamma Mia!") I had never seen the stage show. When I first heard about the audition, I was like, "Damn, I'm not Greek!" I thought it was about this big Greek family.
Amanda: I do feel like I've grown up. Living by yourself in two cities, having a relationship, the Hollywood stuff. It forces you to deal with things as an adult.
Amanda: I have belly fat like everybody else, and I don't want to be airbrushed on the cover of a magazine. I don't want someone to swap out my stomach with a supermodel's. I don't want dirty old men looking at me in my underwear.
Amanda: I just love to act and be on the set. I want to make acting my life and get really good roles.
Amanda: I like all the men Laura Linney gets to act with. She is such a bitch. Not really.
Amanda: I'm not really into clubbing, I like to go to parties after events, and those do end up at clubs or bars. But in my free time I go grocery shopping or to the gym, or I talk on the phone.
Amanda: I have jeans with holes in them and I have nice jeans. I have casual and I have dressy jeans. I've got all kinds.
Amanda: (on playing the lead role in "Mamma Mia!") It doesn't really get better than this. I'm afraid I'm going to just have to beg Meryl to do another movie with me. She's so in touch with herself. I know that comes with age, but I'm really excited to figure out who I am.
Amanda: I've auditioned for roles that involved voice, but I don't like it. I feel like, I can't do this in front of you. It seems so separate - I don't share it with a lot of people. And I'm not into public performances.
Amanda: You don't have to listen to those mean girls. They're just there to make you upset and make you feel bad about yourself. And you know, inside, they feel bad about themselves too. But they don't wanna admit it to anybody.
Amanda: (about being in a polygamous marriage) I don't think I could share, no. I don't think I would trust. I want to be the most important thing in my husband's life. It's just weird. It's not natural.
Amanda: It's really easy to avoid the tabloids. You just live your life and don't hang out with famous people who are in the tabloids. Don't do anything controversial and be a normal person. Have friends. And get a job and keep working.
Amanda: People do judge you, and there are stupid rivalries. You have to wear the right things, because there are all these girls my age competing for the same roles. They're judging me and I'm judging them. I try not to be that way, but sometimes I am.
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